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PBS KIDS: Elementary STEM Resource Roundup

posted on January 16, 2013

PBS KIDS: Elementary STEM Resource Roundup

IPTV offers opportunities to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content. Online access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the teachers improving STEM education. A recent survey indicates that more teachers than ever before are turning to digital media resources to help their students understand concepts, practice new skills, and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.

Through many of theaward-winning STEM-related television programs – Cyberchase, Curious George, and Sid the Science Kid – PBS continues to play its historic role as both a standard-bearer and innovator in digital content and professional development guided by research and actively supporting classroom teachers, home educators, and childcare providers.

The PBS KIDS websites are full of great content and activities that teachers can use to enhance teaching and learning. Below, you will find summaries of programs and online resources that revolve around science, technology, engineering, and math. We hope these will help you get acquainted with our free educational content, use it in your teaching, and share it with colleagues. If you want to find more lesson plans, videos, and educational resources, be sure to check out PBS LearningMedia.


Curious George

This Web site for the Curious George PBS television series offers early childhood educators the opportunity to extend the learning of the on-air episodes. Online video, educational games, a teacher's guide and activities reinforce early learning concepts in math, science and engineering.

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

This reality series for kids presents a variety of challenges that participants must solve collaboratively using their science knowhow. The website offers fun games and activities that test and expand users’ science knowledge.

Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid is designed to further develop children's natural wonder and build a strong foundation for early science exploration through engaging episodes and online resources that explore topics such as tools and measurement, transformation and change, the senses, simple machines, and backyard science.

Dragonfly TV

This program provides children with opportunities to explore science and to share the excitement of scientific discovery. The website includes a wealth of science-related games, activities, and streaming video.


This site teaches children about environmental science and includes two immersive interactive games as well as lesson plans for grades K-4.

Wild Kratts

Students can go on a virtual creature adventure to explore wildlife and habitats in an immersive online world.



This program and website promotes activity-based learning about science and engineering. The site offers a wide variety of games and activities to enhance children's knowledge and enthusiasm about science.

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

This reality series for kids presents a variety of challenges that participants must solve collaboratively using their science knowhow. The site offers fun games and activities that test and expand users' science knowledge.


Design Squad

Engineers have led a technological revolution that has improved the quality of our lives, yet many kids and adults alike do not understand how the technology they use in their daily lives works. They are also unclear about the engineer's role in society or even what an engineer does. Design Squad Nation is one of the few places on TV where kids can learn about engineering.



This award-winning series features exciting adventures that teach core math and science concepts. The Super Cyberchase Science theme page highlights resources that promote math and science connections, and The Inventor's Workshop game introduces students to basic principles of physics and engineering.

The Democracy Project (Grade 3-6)

This website offers various lesson plans and math activities that relate to the American democratic process, including exercises about the electoral process, national economy, and mapping.


PBS Parents Guide to Early Math

This bilingual Web site features math teaching tips, fun learning activities, recommended books, and a child development tracker with early math milestones for kids in preschool to second grade.

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Subjects: MathScience & Technology


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